Friday, February 12th, rings in the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year festivities last for 16 days, starting from the Chinese New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival.
The Year of the Ox
2021 is the Year of the 'Metal Ox.' Twelve zodiac animals rotate annually in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A person born in the year of the Ox has 'Ox' as his Chinese zodiac sign.
There are five different types of Ox: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth, each class representing unique personality traits.
In China, egg rolls (蛋卷, dàn juǎn) are called 'Spring rolls (春卷, chun juan). Contrary to popular opinion, an egg roll is not part of the daily Chinese cuisine but is considered a festive dish, cooked for the Spring Festival on the eve of the Chinese New Year.
There are a couple of primary differences between spring rolls and egg rolls, however. Spring rolls are usually filled with fresh vegetables, wrapped in thin four or rice wrappers, and baked or fried. Egg rolls have a combination of savory meat and vegetables, and fried in thicker wrapping dipped in egg.
People in the southern parts of China fry egg rolls to celebrate the coming of the new year, while northerners prefer to boil dumplings.
GreenBox Family Farms would like to share a recipe for Mushroom Crunchy Spring Rolls to celebrate the Lunar Chinese New Year. Our savory dried shiitake mushrooms, combined with other flavorsome ingredients, release the ultimate umami in this authentic Chinese recipe.
Click on the link to the video demonstrating how to roll a Springroll:
Recipe: Crunchy Spring Rolls (click below)